Phrasal Verbs – LOOK

Using, Definition and Examples; Look ahead, Look forward to, Look round, Look after, Look to, Look through, Look back, Look up, Look for, Look in, Look on, Look out. Follow the list for definitions and examples;

Look ahead:

Meaning: to think about what will happen in the future and plan for these events


  • I’m trying to look ahead after my mother after my mother’s death.
  • We need to look ahead to decide how to expand our business.
  • Try to look ahead.
  • Businessmen should look ahead to plan for  the development of their companies.
  • Jack never seem to look ahead.

Look forward to sth:

Meaning: to feel pleased and excited about something that is going to happen


  • They were looking forward to seeing the grandchildren again.
  • I am looking forward to graduation ceremony this year.
  • She always looks forward to seeing her children.
  • Students had looked forward to the summer holiday for months.
  • The hungry child was looking forward to the meals at that shop.

Look round/around ( somewhere/something):

Meaning: to visit a place and look at the things in it or to search a place


  • I don’t have much time to look round before returning to Paris.
  • We want to buy a car so can we look round tomorrow?
  • She looked around but she didn’t find the keys.
  • I heard a voice last night and looked round to see what happened.
  • Have you had a chance to look around the historical places.

Look after:

Meaning: to take care of or be in charge of someone or something


  • I can look after your cat for you while you are away.
  • She likes to look after my daughter.
  • It was very diffucult to look after old people.
  • I don’t want to look after bedridden person because it is very troublesome.
  • If you look after the shoes, they last a lot longer.
  • Don’t worry about George, he can look after himself.

Look through:

Meaning: to read something quickly or to go through something quickly or superficially, especially when searching


  • I have to look through some books in the library.
  • Every day I get up and look through all newspapers.
  • I’ve looked through some catalogues for buying a new seating group.
  • I felt the urge to look through this window, hoping to see something unexpected.
  • I looked through the book, but I haven’t had a chance to read it.

Look to:

Meaning-1: to expect someone or something to supply something.


  • We looked to the government for additional support.
  • Poor woman looks to the people for help.
  • James will look to a bank for a loan on friday.

Meaning-2: to expect or plan to do something


  • In the following years, the firm will look to increase the profit.

Look out:

Meaning: to watch what is happening and be careful


  • Look out! A car is coming!
  • If you don’t look out, you can fall.
  • We looked out for our children on the trip.
  • I think you should look out of the window and see the blue sky.
  • They are looking out at the beutiful garden.

Look on:

Meaning: to watch something happen but not become involved in it or to consider


  • A large crowd  were looking on excitedly while the people were dancing on the Street.
  • The fans were looking on intently while the team scored the winning goal.

Look on/upon somebody/something:

Meaning: to consider or think of someone or something in a stated way


  • They looked on the whole affair as a joke.
  • We looked on her as a daughter.

Look in:

Meaning: to visit a person for a short time, usually when you are on your way somewhere else


  • Can you look in on the kids before you go to bed?
  • I think we can look in on our grandfather on our way to the shops.
  • She should have looked in on him on her way to the  home.

Look for:

Meaning: to search for sb or sth


  • A snowstorm is approaching.  You must look for a safe place.
  • What do you look for in a manager ?
  • I’ll look for new job advertisements.

Look up:

Meaning-1: To search for and find, as in a reference book.


  • I can look up his adress in the adress book.
  • We should look up the meaning of this word in a dictionary.

Meaning-2: to become better, to improve


  • I hope things will start to look up in the new year.
  • The economic situation of our country is looking up at last.

Look after:

Meaning: to think about something that happened in the past


  • When I look back I can see clearly where my made wrong.
  • It wasn’t such a bad experience when I look back on it.
  • One day we’ll look back on this and laugh.
  • Looking back, I admit I didn’t always do the right thing.


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